Lapcharoensap, Rattawut


2004-5 David T. K. Wong Fellow

Rattawut Lapcharoensap was born in Chicago and raised in Bangkok. He was educated at Triamudomsuksa Pattanakarn high school in Bangkok, Cornell University, and the University, where he received an MFA in creative writing. His stories have appeared in Granta, Zoetrope, and Glimmer Train, as well as Harcourt's Best New American Voices series, edited by Francine Prose. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sightseeing was published in January 2005 by Grove Press of Michigan.

"I currently live in Brooklyn, teach American literature to high school students, and am completing *knock on wood* the novel that I began so long ago in Norwich. During my time in Norwich, which was so instrumental and invaluable, my writing space on Cardiff Road had a window overlooking the houses of the Golden Triangle; it is perhaps because I started the novel there that every so often - during a particular vein in the writing or thinking - I'll think of the chimneys of Norwich craning like periscopes out of that sea of brick and mortar. I miss that view terribly."

"In more 'professional' news, Granta magazine recently named me on their "Best of Young American Novelists" list. 'Sightseeing' has received a few awards from some generous people. I'm grateful for these, though they don't seem to make each day's writing any easier."